The New Infrastructure programme is now closed
We're no longer accepting applications for the New Infrastructure programme. If you submitted an application, we might get in touch to ask more questions. We'll contact you to let you know whether we'll fund your project by the end of February 2021.
If you have any questions in the meantime
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after you apply?
- You send us your application – we’ll assess your application. We expect a huge amount of demand for this funding, so we'll have to make some tough decisions around what projects to take forward.
- We’ll take some early decisions about the applications that best meet our priorities.
- If you’re invited to the next stage, we’ll ask for more information about your project – we’ll email you asking for a short form with more details about your organisation and a more detailed budget. We'll use the information in this form to update our records and complete some security checks. (Find out more about the checks we do.) We’ll also arrange a chat with you. This will help us to make a final decision on whether to award funding.
- We’ll make a decision – a panel of our staff and leaders will make a decision. We’ll try to tell you our decision by the end of February 2021.
- If your application is successful – we'll contact you with the good news! Once you’ve been awarded funding from us, here’s what to expect. This page will also let you know about the things you need to do.
How will the programme work?
Each organisation selected will have a grant of up to £50,000 available to cover their costs. This might cover costs incurred over the year as they make changes to how they work, and/or to cover the costs of time spent working with the Design Lab. The Design Lab will have a dedicated team, working full-time across all the infrastructure organisations, offering coaching and expertise over the course of the programme.
What will the Design Lab offer?
The Design Lab will offer coaching and expertise in the following areas:
- identifying what to stop doing
- new skills and capabilities
- better use of digital tools and data
- becoming user centred
- content design and different channels for distribution of content
- approaches for testing, experimenting and iterating
- support to become more responsive and able to continually adapt
- using data more effectively
- better segmentation of users
- service audits
- building partnerships.
How much money is available?
We’ll be awarding up to £50,000 to each of the infrastructure organisations. We expect to fund around 8 to 10 organisations.